Dimitri Vassilakis | A.I. improvises jazz in Athens Science Festival

25 February, 2020 News

Is there any common ground between artificial intelligence (A.I.) and jazz music? We suggest you to take a few moments before giving a negative answer! In Athens Science Festival we will witness an unconventional merge between the two by Dimitri Vassilakis and his crew in the event “Jazz improvisation and A.I. interaction”.

How is it even possible one may ask. Well, it all comes together through DYC12 and Omax system developed at IRCAM. It is a system that interacts in real time with human-musicians by reshuffling fragments of music and visual material. The system inputs original music and poetry articulated by the human musicians and its response is triggered by the length, attack, gesture movements and articulation of the saxophone and guitar improvisations. 

The world-renowned, charismatic saxophonist, professor and researcher of the Athens Kapodistrian University will focus on jazz improvisation as storytelling, the connection with language, poetry and prose, as well as its applications to artificial intelligence and natural language processing systems. 

The video art was created by the visual artist Lydia Venieri, while Dimitri Vassilakis composed music and poetry. Tilemachos Mousas, graduate of the postgraduate program «Musicology», of the NKUA Music Department, also participates in the project. Special guest Nestoras Vassilakis on tenor saxophone.

“Jazz improvisation and AI interaction” will be a pioneering concert that will not only entertain, but also demonstrate new applications of A.I. technology in fields we never imagined.

Event title: Jazz improvisation and A.I. interaction || Date & time: Wednesday 1 April, 21.30. This event is included in the official program of Me and AI: Human Concerns, Artificial Minds, organized by the Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and co-organised by the Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology Department of Music Studies, NKUA and IRCAM.